To ensure a steady income, many workers look for new jobs while they are still employed. However, do they feel guilty if they’re doing it while at work?

key findings from the study

  • Three in five have searched for new career opportunities or spoken with a recruiter during working hours. Out of which, 49% don’t feel any pang of guilt for doing so.
  • 46% even searched for jobs on their office computers, displaying a level of composure.
  • 35% of respondents had taken a call from a recruiter while they are still at work.
applying for a new job while still employed
applying for a new job while still employed

why don’t they feel guilty?

When employees are set on resigning, they tend to demonstrate lower levels of loyalty and engagement. There are tell-tale signs of disengaged employees, such as poorer productivity and absence from corporate social events. It is challenging for employers to re-engage this group of employees as well.

If companies want to have a highly-committed workforce, they need to engage employees right from the start and stay the course. People think about resignation because of several push factors, such as a low salary, poor leadership or toxic company culture.

when is the best time to hire good talent?

35% of respondents had taken a call from a recruiter during working hours. One in five had even taken time off to attend interviews during working hours (outside of their lunch time). 21% of respondents had attended job interviews during lunch time.

Candidates usually do not have to prepare too much for a phone interview as only simple questions will be asked, such as gauging their interest for the role, and their current job scope and responsibility. This is a common process as most employers and recruiters will want to pre-qualify a candidate’s eligibility before shortlisting them for an official face-to-face interview.

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